In an era where trap music was slowly getting a permanent place into our Hip hop consciousness, Mosako’s new sophomore album reminds us that motswako will always be that unique and original sound associated with our music scene.
This week the Motswako rapper dropped a 20-tracked album called Mam’ratwa the album and released it for free download on Sound Cloud and SendSpace.
New school rappers are already taking over the Hip-Hop scene, but Mosako’s well thought Mam’ratwa album brings a different taste and sound which many people thought had disappeared. In one of his songs, he refers the songs as “that new flavour ya motswako” and perhaps it’s a message for new rappers that there is another way of boosting the new school of Motswako without ruining the authentic concept.
With Pres Beatz doing his magic on the production, the song re ja joy rewinds some of the past hits from Vee Mampeezy and Kast just to name but a few. While releasing single after single has killed hip-hop skits in albums, MSK, as he is also known, resurrects the idea. This form of sketch comedy that appears on mam’ratwa album is even funny considering that MSK is also a comedian himself. The onketsang hitmaker also keeps that kasi vernacular in the lyrics of huzet. He brings in a lot of street-talk and highly influential messages in both Setswana and English.
Mosako never disappoints when it comes to choosing his collaborations. He featured soul vocalists Lee and Licky in the song doing me tonight. Licky’s version represents a mix afro-pop and R&B.
Motswako is not only about parties and having fun but Motswako also goes on to share his challenges in the song I’ have been alone. “Gale kolote nothing,” he says in one of the verses. He advises listeners that a person has to pray, work hard and stand for what they believe in.
Mosako’s lyrics come from the heart and the words comes out better in the language of
Mosako also brings out his naughty side in the song gano la ditau featuring Samba T. “O nnetse go hetisa hetisa steak ha pele ga ditau,” he says.
The presence of Samba T’s crude and hard gravelled voice also accentuates the warning for a song that is about a woman who recklessly flirts with men. It is never an album without that diss track directed to someone and in the song o maaka monna Mosako features Fosta Juliano and they throw shots all over beat.
It is no secret that MSK is not new to the music industry, but his distinctive sound proves that the combination of both old school and new sound can pave the way for new rappers now to take the Motswako sound to a different level.
Mosako told Arts & Culture that with his new album he wanted to do something different and check if people still remembered his brand.
“I want to measure myself,” he said, adding that the reason he decided to avail his album for free download is because these days they don’t have many streams of distribution compared to the past.
Mosako added further that he shifted away from today’s sound because the market is saturated.
“I wanted to take it back to the time when people fell in love with Motswako,” he said. He said he has even featured South African artists like in the song homecoming. “Some of the songs in the album had already come out as singles. The album includes the songs in full edits, not the radio versions,” he said.